One of the issues that come with sequels, is that they have a lot to live up to, especially if the first film was so well received. When it came to The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, I was particularly excited about the film because I was a big fan of the first film and one of its spin-off The Lego Batman Movie.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all-new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to far away, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.
I reviewed The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part on 4K Blu-ray which was upscaled to 4K resolution. With the 4K Blu-ray, you can see a lot more detail and everything on screen in much sharper than the standard 1080p Blu-ray.
The 4K Blu-ray of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part supports Dolby Atmos which takes the audio of the film and moves it around you in a three-dimensional space. You will need a 4K TV and a Dolby Atmos soundbar to get the full experience.
In addition to Dolby Atmos, the 4K Blu-ray supports HDR10, which can give you deeper blacks and brighter colours.
One thing to note is that The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part 4K Blu-ray disc only has the 4K version of the film and the director’s commentary. If you want to watch the special features, you’ll need to pop in the 1080p Blu-ray disc (which is bundled with the 4K Blu-ray).
From a visual standpoint, The Lego Movie 2 looked amazing. Everything from the little details (like oil from kids’ fingerprints or mini-figures’ legs not fully attached) on each of the characters to the vast world they live in, you can tell that a lot of work went into this movie. The animation for the film was great as it emulated stop-motion animation but was still CGI.
Even though the film is set in a world of Lego, there are aspects of the real world that made it into The Lego Movie 2 such as steam, fire, grass and soil but all in Lego form. The Lego Movie 2 also incorporated objects such as stickers and scraps of fabric that producer, Dan Lin says, “We want kids to feel like this is a world they can build themselves.
In terms of music, composer Mark Mothersbaugh returns of the score of The Lego Movie 2. In addition to the orchestral elements, the film featured a few new songs including the danceable pop earworm, “Catchy Song”, two new renditions of “Everything is Awesome” and a few songs by Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi.
The Blu-ray comes with a few bonus features including:
- Everything is Awesome Sing-along – Sing-along, trivia, games and more!
- Commentary – Fun behind the scenes commentary by filmmakers
- They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2 – Featurette highlighting A-list voice talent including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish
- Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short – Holiday themed animated short
- LEGO Sets in Action – Animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2
- LEGO Designers – LEGO toy designers highlight key play sets in TLM2 product line
- Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – Never before seen scenes
- Super Cool Music Video – Music video by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island
- Promotion Spots – Fun custom spots featured during the theatrical campaign
The Lego Movie 2 was directed by Mike Mitchell with the animation direction by Trisha Gum. Meanwhile, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the writers and directors of the first movie, were writers and producers on The Lego Movie 2. The film was also produced by Dan Lin (It, The Lego Ninjago Movie, The Lego Batman Movie) and Roy Lee (It, The Disaster Artist, The Lego Batman Movie).
Overall, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a great movie that was almost just as good as the first film. If you were a fan of The Lego Movie, and enjoy movies that have humour, heart and catchy songs, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy The Lego Movie 2.
- 4K version of the film adds details and sharpness
- Dolby Atmos and HDR10 support
- Great image quality
- 4K Blu-ray disc only included the film
- Not a whole lot of bonus features